I really liked the checklist that I created last week.
First let me make my excuses. I made the chart to start with Sunday. But I made it on Sunday, and then started using it on Monday, not paying any attention to how I had made the chart (even though I made it less than 24 hrs before).
You can see on the chart that I did well on Monday and Tuesday. I enjoyed checking things off and realized how minimal the list really is . . . on a day when I’m home and totally focused on getting things checked off.
The third day, when there are only a few checks, was Wed, the day I’m gone most of the day. Thursday was better, and then Friday hit and the kids were off of school, so all routine went out the window.
Yes, there are more unchecked than checked, but I’m going to look at the checked boxes and be happy.
So now for my new non-negotiable task for the week. It’s an ultra-basic one. It’s one that would make normal people say “Huh?” It’s one that will make my husband happy.
Whenever the question comes up about whether there is something that you would change about your spouse, this thing is what he says .
I’m going to close the kitchen cabinet doors and my dresser drawers.
It drives my husband crazy that I almost never close a cabinet door. Really. It’s like he’s living in Sixth Sense.
It is not unusual for him to enter the kitchen to find EVERY SINGLE cabinet door and drawer open.
Now, this is NOT a conscious decision. It honestly never occurs to me that I left the cabinet door open. So I’m not kidding myself that I’m going to completely change this week. But I’m putting it on my check list, and so at one certain point in time during the day, all the kitchen cabinets and my dresser drawers will be closed.
If hubby’s not home at that certain point in time . . . tough.
This seems like a very trivial thing, but it’s along the same lines as when I made the non-negotiable to check the bathroom floors for clutter. Doing this consciously, once a day, helped me to change my focus. It helped me see the things on the floor that I didn’t naturally see.
And I’ve already added it to the list, and printed the chart for the week. We’ll see what happens.